February 28, 2014 11:37 PM
SORRENTO- An insurance quote for the town's police force was fraudulent and the man who wrote it was arrested, according to an arrest warrant obtained by WBRZ News 2 Friday.
Henry Beard, Jr. faces acts prohibited charges. Investigators said he kept doing insurance work, illegally, after he lost his... more »
February 28, 2014 5:28 PM
BATON ROUGE - State officials said more people have been disqualified from the food stamps program due to abuse during an outage last fall, bringing the total up to 13.
The Department of Child and Family Services said they're still going after 500 of the most extreme cases of... more »
February 28, 2014 3:11 PM
BATON ROUGE- Attorney General Buddy Caldwell says it would be hard to prosecute fraud cases against Louisiana residents who overspent food stamp limits during a computer crash last October. Caldwell said Friday there's no evidence of who presented the food stamp card, and he says no stores complained about the... more »
February 28, 2014 12:03 PM
BATON ROUGE - A Zachary woman has been arrested for defrauding the state's Medicaid program.
36 year old Sekari Washington Davis is accused of fraud and theft, along with laundering more than $100,000 through her Baton Rouge personal care agency.
The arrest came from a joint investigation involving... more »
February 18, 2014 11:41 AM
BATON ROUGE - An Alabama man has been arrested in Baton Rouge for filing false state income tax returns in Louisiana.
Investigators say John Nikolakis received nearly $32,000 in refunds by filing false returns over the last four plus years.
He faces 23 counts of filing false public... more »
February 4, 2014 7:16 PM
WASHINGTON- The Pentagon is investigating hundreds of soldiers and civilians for using a National Guard recruiting program to get illegal payments and kickbacks to the tune of $29-million and counting.
Two Army generals briefed members of Congress about it on Tuesday. The program taken advantage of offered $2,000 to... more »
February 3, 2014 10:54 PM
BATON ROUGE- The Department of Children and Family Services is interviewing people whose transactions were flagged after a glitch in the food stamp system allowed overspending in October.
As many as 12,000 transactions are questionable and 500 questionnaires have been sent to the highest offenders a DCFS spokesperson said... more »
January 15, 2014 10:55 PM
WASHINGTON- Senator David Vitter (R-Louisiana) is pushing to require people who use food stamps to show a valid photo ID when buying items.
"Using a photo ID is standard in many day to day transactions, and most of those are not exclusively paid for by the taxpayer dollars," Vitter... more »
December 17, 2013 11:35 AM
NEW ORLEANS - BP is suing a Texas lawyer, saying he fraudulently claimed to represent 40,000 deckhands who lost money because of the 2010 oil spill.
The lawsuit claims more than half of the Social Security numbers on Mikal Watts' client list were fake.
BP says the fraud... more »
December 12, 2013 12:10 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Department of Health and Hospitals has hired a new person to help identify fraud and waste in Medicaid spending.
William Root will serve as the chief compliance officer.
The department has gone more than two years without its own auditor. DHH Secretary Kathy Kleibert... more »
October 11, 2013 8:45 AM
BATON ROUGE - A 51-year-old Plaquemine woman has been sentenced to five years in federal prison after admitting she led a $300,000 Medicare fraud scheme that also resulted in prison terms for her mother and daughter. Chief U.S. District Judge Brian A. Jackson ordered Linda Jackson, no relation, into immediate... more »
October 10, 2013 11:59 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A former state representative has pleaded guilty to tax fraud in federal court today.
Former state Rep. Girod Jackson entered his plea on three tax fraud accounts in U.S. District Court in New Orelans. Jackson resigned from the Lousiana Legislature in August after being charged with... more »
September 16, 2013 11:29 AM
BATON ROUGE - Five people in the Baton Rouge area are being charged with tax fraud and identify theft totaling claims over more than $1.4 million.
The charges come from an initiative by U.S. Attorney's Office, the IRS and the U.S. Department of Justice to combat stolen identify and... more »
August 26, 2013 9:40 AM
NEW ORLEANS - The head of security for the administrator of BP's multibillion-dollar settlement with Gulf Coast residents and businesses says an internal probe of alleged misconduct by an employee of a Mobile, Ala., claims center hasn't turned up any evidence of fraud. BP said it received a tip in... more »
August 14, 2013 12:06 PM
BATON ROUGE - A 66-year-old Buras man has been arrested, accused of creating a false bill of sale for a boat in order to obtain settlement money from BP. The Advocate reports Limauel Lee Watson was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison Tuesday night on counts of injuring public... more »
August 13, 2013 3:58 PM
BATON ROUGE - State health officials said recent figures show Louisiana led the nation in recovered Medicaid fraud funds last year.
The Department of Health and Hospitals said the state Medicaid fraud unit recovered more than $124 million during the past fiscal year, according to the Centers for Medicare... more »
August 6, 2013 3:30 PM
WASHINGTON - The U.S. government has accused Bank of America Corp. of civil fraud, saying the company failed to disclose risks and mislead investors in its sale of $850 million of mortgage bonds during 2008. The Justice Department filed a civil suit against the bank and two of its subsidiaries... more »
August 5, 2013 3:39 PM
NEW ORLEANS - BP says it has uncovered new allegations of fraud and conflicts of interest inside the settlement program that has awarded billions of dollars to Gulf Coast businesses and residents following the company's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. In a federal court filing Monday, BP... more »
July 17, 2013 12:04 AM
HAMMOND- The chief of BP claims dealing with the oil spill of 2010 said he's committed to fighting fraud.
A special hotline has been set-up for people to report potential fraud dealing with the disaster three years ago.
"We will pay legitimate claims but we will not pay... more »
July 15, 2013 3:11 PM
NEW ORLEANS - BP has set up a hotline for people to report alleged fraud involving claims arising from the company's massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
The launch of the hotline comes a week after a federal appeals court heard BP's argument that it has... more »
June 28, 2013 10:30 PM
BATON ROUGE- Entergy is warning customers about a scam, where con artists are trying to trick people into thinking they are late in utility payments.
The calls warn people they are late, and if they don't pay power will be disconnected within the hour.
It's totally false, the... more »
June 7, 2013 11:18 AM
BATON ROUGE - State Attorney General Buddy Caldwell says two personal care attendants have been booked with Medicaid fraud for filing false claims. Caldwell said in a news release that 46-year-old Sybil M. Mashia, of Destrehan, surrendered on Thursday and 36-year-old Christi L. Moore, of Schriever, surrendered for arrest on... more »
June 4, 2013 1:30 PM
BATON ROUGE - Authorities arrested a former Department of Health and Hospitals accountant today and accused her of stealing more than $1 million from the state Medicaid program, then blowing it at casinos.
Investigators charged Deborah Crowder Loper, 46, with theft by fraud, money laundering and malfeasance in office.... more »
May 31, 2013 11:52 AM
RAYVILLE - Attorney General Buddy Caldwell's office says the former owner of a Rayville personal care services agency has pleaded guilty to defrauding the state's Medicaid program. The guilty plea was entered Thursday by 52-year-old Patricia A. Bell of Rayville. Caldwell says in a news release that Bell was charged... more »
May 23, 2013 2:18 PM
BATON ROUGE - James M. Bernhard III has been sentenced to 27 months in prison Thursday for wire fraud in connection with the theft of over $453,000 from his former law firm's trust account. Bernhard, who pleaded guilty to the wire fraud charge, surrendered his law license shortly before he... more »
May 20, 2013 11:22 AM
PINEVILLE - Rapides Parish sheriff's deputies say a complaint from a homeowner has led to an arrest. . The homeowner contracted a Pineville man for repairs after the Christmas 2012 tornado damaged his home. Deputies tell The Town Talk 58-year-old Joe Jaime was arrested and booked into the Rapides Parish... more »
May 17, 2013 12:01 PM
ZACHARY - The Louisiana Attorney General's Office announced three Zachary women have been arrested and charged with filing false Medicaid claims.
Investigators said the three women, all personal care attendants, filed timesheets claiming they were working with Medicaid recipients at the same time they were actually working for another... more »
May 14, 2013 1:27 PM
WASHINGTON - Nearly 100 people, including 11 in Louisiana, are being charged for their roles in separate Medicare scams that billed the taxpayer-funded program for roughly $223 million in bogus charges spanning eight cities. Tuesday's announcement by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Attorney General Eric Holder marks... more »
May 9, 2013 2:45 PM
GULFPORT, Miss.- State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. has asked a judge to void a jury's finding that the company defrauded the government involving a policyholder claim after Hurricane Katrina. Motions filed in U.S. District Court in Gulfport, Miss., also seek a new trial. The verdict came in April in... more »
May 6, 2013 3:43 PM
BATON ROUGE - Nearly 2,000 prisoners and drug felons received more than $1 million in food stamp payments during 2011 and 2012, according to a report from the Louisiana Auditor's office.
The state food stamp program, now known as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), gave 1,761 incarcerated participants $1,107,740,... more »
April 19, 2013 10:33 AM
BATON ROUGE - A 59-year-old Baton Rouge woman has been sentenced to a year in prison and ordered to pay more than $117,000 in restitution for a tax scheme involving homebuyer credits. U.S. Attorney Donald J. Cazayoux Jr. says Brenda Matthews pleaded guilty in October to making false claims to... more »
April 4, 2013 12:51 PM
BATON ROUGE - A pastor is under investigation for the way he runs an apartment complex which houses people with mental disabilities.
Reginald Stewman faces possible jail time for IRS fraud, the Social Security Administration is looking into his business practices, and now the state is investigating if he's... more »
March 28, 2013 8:57 AM
SHREVEPORT- A 61-year-old Minden man faces charges in at least six parishes and one Texas county in connection with an alleged scam that involved selling bogus newspaper ads. Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator says David Edward Dix is accused of going into several Caddo businesses and stating that he works... more »
March 19, 2013 11:20 AM
VILLE PLATTE - A 36-year-old Ville Platte man has been arrested on two counts of Medicaid fraud. The Louisiana Attorney General's Office said in news release Tuesday that Brady P. Hudspeth faces up to five years in prison and fines up to $20,000 on each count. Hudspeth was arrested Thursday... more »
February 25, 2013 11:20 AM
NEW ORLEANS - Former Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard must serve 46 months in prison and pay up to $280,000 for his role in separate payroll fraud and bribery schemes. U.S. District Judge Hayden Head said Monday that $214,000 will repay Jefferson Parish for fraudulently paid salaries and benefits to... more »
February 21, 2013 8:18 AM
LIVINGSTON - Livingston Parish sheriff's deputies have booked two men on three counts each of home improvement fraud. One of the men also was arrested and booked with allegedly discharging septic tank wastes on the ground near a residence in Albany. The fraud cases involve elderly victims paying for work... more »
February 20, 2013 2:36 PM
NEW ORLEANS- Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has pleaded not guilty to charges he accepted bribes, free trips and other gratuities in exchange for helping contractors secure millions of dollars in work for the city.
A 21-count indictment last month accuses Nagin of accepting more than $200,000 in... more »
February 12, 2013 9:40 AM
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Online jail records show four University of Alabama football players have been arrested on charges of credit card fraud and robbery. According to records posted on the Tuscaloosa Sheriff's Department website, running back Brent Calloway was arrested Monday on a charge of fraudulent use of a credit... more »
February 7, 2013 6:33 PM
HOLDEN - After her tax return was rejected two years in a row, mother of three Melissa Peavy says she's fed up.
"I'm just angry," said Peavy. "I'm angry, not for myself, but for my children."
Two of her children have been claimed as dependants on a stranger's... more »
January 25, 2013 6:05 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A 46-year-old woman has pleaded guilty to federal charges that accuse her of posing as a federal worker to make nearly $216,000 giving fraudulent training classes to fishermen who hoped to get jobs cleaning up the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010. Connie M. Knight was... more »
January 18, 2013 12:30 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has been indicted on 21 corruption charges including wire fraud, bribery and money laundering. The charges announced Friday come from a City Hall corruption investigation that already has resulted in guilty pleas by two former city officials and two businessmen. The... more »
January 18, 2013 6:47 AM
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell says a personal care attendant from New Orleans and one from Bastrop have been booked with unrelated charges of Medicaid fraud.
He says both 23-year-old Lakeiqua Green of New Orleans and 31-year-old Jolonda Huff of Bastrop are accused of submitting time-sheets... more »
December 18, 2012 12:40 PM
MONTREAL - Police in Canada say three people have been arrested in connection with a massive maple syrup heist from a Quebec warehouse, which put a dent in the global supply. Quebec produces up to 80 percent of the world's maple syrup. Authorities never disclosed the exact amount of maple... more »
December 11, 2012 9:50 AM
BATON ROUGE - A 34-year-old Baton Rouge woman has been booked with seven counts of Medicaid fraud for filing false claims.
Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell says Angela A. Taylor was arrested by investigators from the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit on Thursday.
Caldwell says the complaint... more »
December 7, 2012 12:35 PM
BATON ROUGE - Officials say an investigation by the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services' Fraud and Recovery Unit has led to two women pleading guilty to receiving nearly $30,000 in ineligible Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits. Officials say Katrina Howard of Winnsboro illegally obtained benefits from April 2008... more »
November 30, 2012 2:54 PM
Geismar- An employee of a chemical plant in Ascension Parish has been charged with one count of felony theft for claiming time worked and overtime hours he knowingly did not work since January 2011.
Authorities say Jesse Brooks, who was an Operations Coordinator at Honeywell Inc. in Geismar, defrauded... more »
November 30, 2012 10:31 AM
BATON ROUGE - The Justice Department says Beau Michael Guidry of Baton Rouge has been sentenced in connection with an odometer tampering scheme that defrauded victims in and around Louisiana. U.S. District Judge James J. Brady sentenced Guidry Thursday to 20 months in prison and one year of supervised release... more »
November 16, 2012 3:45 PM
BATON ROUGE - A U. S. District judge sentenced two Baton Rouge sisters to four years in federal prison apiece for running a three-year, six-figure credit card scheme.
U. S. Attorney Don Cazayoux Jr. said Trachell Brown was sentenced today to 51 months in prison for bank fraud and... more »
October 19, 2012 10:32 AM
BATON ROUGE - Six personal care attendants from northeast Louisiana are accused of scheming to defraud the state's Medicaid program.
Louisiana Attorney General James "Buddy" Caldwell's office says the six are accused of submitting timesheets to their employer that falsely stated they provided in-home services to Medicaid patients who... more »
October 12, 2012 7:14 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A landfill executive awaiting trial on charges he conspired with his brother-in-law to embezzle nearly $1 million from a New Orleans-based construction management company has been indicted on new charges stemming from an alleged tax fraud scheme.
Dominick Fazzio, a tax preparer who also serves as... more »
October 4, 2012 1:10 PM
WASHINGTON- A federal strike force has charged 91 people, including doctors and nurses, in seven cities with Medicare fraud schemes involving $429 million in false billings.
In Baton Rouge, four defendants, including a licensed practical nurse, are charged for their roles in fraud schemes involving approximately $2.4 million in... more »
October 2, 2012 5:21 PM
BATON ROUGE - Police arrested four Department of Public Works employees in East Baton Rouge Parish in suspicion of stealing gas from city-parish fueling stations.
According to the EBR Mayor-President's Office, police arrested Ensley Joseph, Rodney Maxwell, Joyce Gatlin, and Lawrence Smith this morning.
Interim Public Works Director... more »
September 27, 2012 6:26 PM
BATON ROUGE - Fire investigators say 23-year-old Amanda Perkins wanted a breast augmentation. Instead she was arrested for two counts of arson with the intent to defraud and simple arson.
Her arrest warrant says Williams admitted to setting her car on fire, and described how she did it.
... more »
September 11, 2012 4:04 PM
BATON ROUGE - A woman who worked as a patient recruiter for several Louisiana medical equipment companies has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for her role in a Medicare fraud scheme. U.S. District Judge James Brady in Baton Rouge also on Tuesday ordered 47-year-old Karen Rayburn to pay... more »
September 4, 2012 4:10 PM
LAKE CHARLES - A $258 million judgment against health products maker Johnson & Johnson has been upheld by a state appeals court. A three-judge panel of the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal upheld a St. Landry Parish jury's decision that the company owed the money to the state for defrauding... more »
August 16, 2012 7:18 AM
BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge couple faces possible prison time for a scheme that federal prosecutors say defrauded Medicare of $470,386 through bogus billings for power wheelchairs and other medical equipment neither requested nor needed by beneficiaries.
Young Anyanwu pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of health care... more »
August 15, 2012 4:50 PM
BATON ROUGE - Authorities arrested the director of an adult day care facility in Baton Rouge after they got a tip he'd used a fake degree to get his job, according to the state Attorney General's Office.
On Tuesday constables in Baton Rouge arrested Lee Earl Williams, Jr., 49,... more »
August 14, 2012 10:32 AM
LAFAYETTE - A Lafayette businesswoman has been charged with wire fraud and money laundering.
Federal authorities say Catherine Romero is accused of defrauding investors out of more than $1.2 million in a scheme involving plans to manufacture goods created from alligator hides from 2007 to 2008.
A trial... more »
August 1, 2012 2:50 PM
BATON ROUGE - An East Feliciana Parish couple and four women from Livingston Parish have been sentenced for taking nearly $100,000 in ineligible food and child care assistance benefits.
James and Luchan Myles, both of Clinton, pled no contest to charges of illegally obtaining $35,823 in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance... more »
July 26, 2012 10:55 AM
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is launching an ambitious new drive against health care fraud by mining claims data from insurance companies and government programs in hopes of ferreting out bogus billing. Details of the plan are being announced Thursday at the White House by Health and Human Services Secretary... more »
July 25, 2012 7:23 AM
BATON ROUGE - A Zachary woman has been sentenced to seven years in prison and ordered to pay restitution of $10.9 million for frauds committed against Medicare.
Chikenna Jones and her attorney, Michael A. Fiser, told U.S. District Judge James J. Brady that the woman's role in the fraudulent... more »
July 23, 2012 12:21 PM
BATON ROUGE - News 2 viewers contacted WBRZ Channel 2 today, saying they received a scam email which claimed the TV station was giving away gift cards worth thousands of dollars.
The email is not true, and could lead to people's personal information being stolen.
The email asks... more »
July 18, 2012 11:51 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A New Orleans city councilman pleaded guilty Wednesday to a federal criminal charge of misusing federal money intended to help a nonprofit organization after Hurricane Katrina and diverting some of it to one of his political campaigns. Jon Johnson, who is 63, faces up to 5 years... more »
July 17, 2012 3:36 PM
NEW YORK - A nationwide prescription drug ring bought mountains of HIV medications and other drugs from down-and-out Medicaid recipients in New York City, then marketed the pills to pharmacies that dispensed them to unsuspecting consumers, authorities said Tuesday. Federal prosecutors in Manhattan detailed the scheme at a news conference... more »
June 23, 2012 8:29 PM
BATON ROUGE-Homeowners are learning how to out-smart would be-crooked contractors, from a woman who says she's made it her mission to teach them how to spot a fraud.
Phae Howard says," My grandmother was ripped off by a contractor. So I decided that I'm going to what I can... more »
June 21, 2012 7:05 AM
BATON ROUGE - A federal court jury has convicted a Baton Rouge man on six tax charges that carry possible penalties of as much as 18 years in prison and $1.5 million in fines.
Ray Carr said Wednesday he will ask the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to... more »
June 13, 2012 10:28 AM
BATON ROUGE - Former Alcohol and Tobacco Control commissioner Murphy Painter is scheduled to be in federal court for an arraignment this afternoon.
He faces 42 felony counts of computer fraud, making false statements and identity theft. He's accused of misusing his authority to run unnecessary background checks on... more »
June 13, 2012 6:34 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has agreed to postpone a sentencing hearing for a woman who pleaded guilty to submitting a fraudulent claim for money from BP's oil spill compensation fund. Rokeisha Barrios was scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday, but U.S. District Judge Sarah Vance agreed to delay the... more »
June 7, 2012 5:09 PM
GULFPORT, Miss. - A Gulfport man, identified as the mastermind of a family scheme to illegally obtain about $100,000 in oil spill recovery money, has been sentenced to more than 12 years in prison. The Sun Herald reports U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden sentenced 50-year-old Bobby Earl Keys to 12½... more »
June 6, 2012 6:52 AM
BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge tax preparer has been convicted on 22 counts of bank fraud, assisting the preparation of false tax returns, impeding the Internal Revenue Service and money laundering.
A jury of seven women and five men returned a decision in the two-week trial after approximately... more »
May 24, 2012 11:47 AM
WASHINGTON- The government is trying to crack down on food stamp recipients who are ripping off taxpayers by illegally selling their benefit cards for cash. The Agriculture Department wants to curb the practice by giving states more power to investigate people who repeatedly claim to lose their benefit cards and... more »
May 24, 2012 7:30 AM
WASHINGTON - The government is trying to crack down on food stamp recipients who are ripping off taxpayers by illegally selling their benefit cards for cash. The Agriculture Department wants to curb the practice by giving states more power to investigate people who repeatedly claim to lose their benefit cards... more »
May 23, 2012 10:29 AM
BATON ROUGE - A federal grand jury indicted Murphy Painter, the former Alcohol Tobacco Control commissioner, with a number of charges today related to allegations he misused his authority.
The grand jury indicted Painter for for computer fraud, making false statements and aggravated identity theft. There were 49 counts... more »
May 22, 2012 12:36 PM
NEW YORK - A New York man who dressed up like his dead mother in a bizarre real estate fraud has been sentenced to more than 13 years behind bars. Thomas Parkin was convicted May 3 on charges including grand larceny and mortgage fraud. He was sentenced Monday to 13... more »
May 10, 2012 5:21 PM
BATON ROUGE - The State Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control (ATC) says millions of your tax dollars are being wasted on people abusing food stamp cards.
"These food stamps that are meant to buy food for families and children are being used to buy alcohol and tobacco," said... more »
May 2, 2012 10:52 PM
BATON ROUGE- Seven people were arrested, accused of making a quarter-of-a-billion dollars off of fake Medicare claims in Baton Rouge.
Nationwide, 100 others busted in a huge federal takedown involving health-care fraud that totaled $450 million.
Agents say these seven have been at it since 2005, operating out... more »
May 2, 2012 1:23 PM
BATON ROUGE - More than 100 defendants are being charged in seven cities, including Baton Rouge, with Medicare fraud in a nationwide crackdown. Federal authorities said the unrelated scams allegedly bilked the taxpayer-funded program of more than $450 million - the highest dollar amount in a single Medicare bust in... more »
April 27, 2012 7:58 AM
BATON ROUGE - Prosecutor say four people have pleaded guilty in Baton Rouge federal court to a charge that they participated in a Medicare-fraud conspiracy that resulted in fraudulent billings that totaled as much as $225 million over nearly seven years. Baton Rouge residents Teryl C. Vincent, Todd D. Ulmer... more »
April 23, 2012 7:20 PM
A man from the Houston area got six years in prison for fraud related to stealing $200,000 worth of Apple iPads and iPhones in Louisiana and Texas. Sharif John Reid pleaded guilty and must pay $158,000 in restitution. Reid was arrested last year when he tried to use a fake... more »
April 2, 2012 4:44 PM
BATON ROUGE- Officials in Baton Rouge are on alert after a major company announced nearly 1.5 million credit card numbers across the nation may have been breached Friday.
Global Payments made the announcement.
The problem is serious. Global Payments is one of the largest nationwide processing companies, and... more »
March 16, 2012 8:35 AM
NEW ORLEANS - Federal prosecutors say a Covington developer has admitted conspiring to get mortgages for bad loan risks. They say the plot was uncovered during investigation of the federal bank bailout program. U.S. Attorney Jim Letten says 43-year-old Troy Fouquet pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of conspiracy to... more »
March 2, 2012 7:24 PM
Three female officers in the Navy's submarine force were reassigned as part of an investigation into financial misconduct in their previous jobs. Other Navy personnel not assigned to subs are also targets of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. It has to do with travel fraud. The Navy says the allegations... more »
March 2, 2012 12:46 PM
BATON ROUGE-- Jurors in former St. Gabriel mayor George Grace's federal corruption trial sent judge Maurice Hicks a question Friday morning at 10:07. They wanted to know if they all must agree on all paragraphs in count 8 of Grace's indictment.
Grace faces 13 counts of extortion, bribery, fraud... more »
March 1, 2012 4:57 PM
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's former director for the Governor's Program on Abstinence has been sentenced to six years in prison.
64-year-old Gail Ray Dignam was convicted last year on two counts of mail fraud.
U.S. District Judge James J. Brady also ordered Dignam to pay restitution and to... more »
February 29, 2012 9:42 PM
BATON ROUGE-- Jurors in former St. Gabriel mayor George Grace's federal corruption trial voted unanimously to go home Wednesday night instead of deliberating. They will return to the courtroom Thursday to decide Grace's guilt or innocence.
Grace is charged with extortion, fraud, bribery and racketeering. The feds said Grace... more »
February 29, 2012 11:27 AM
HOUSTON- A federal prosecutor says Texas tycoon R. Allen Stanford flushed away investor funds on yachts and businesses that were money pits as part of a massive Ponzi scheme. Prosecutor William Stellmach said Wednesday that Stanford lined his pockets "with billions of dollars of other people's money" as closing arguments... more »
February 28, 2012 5:01 PM
BATON ROUGE-- Former St. Gabriel Mayor George Grace took the stand one last time in federal court Tuesday to defend himself before the defense rested their case. Grace said he never exchanged his official position as mayor for bribes, something rebuttal witnesses denied.
Grace is charged with racketeering, fraud,... more »
February 27, 2012 5:46 PM
BATON ROUGE - Jurors laughed aloud while Grace testified in his own defense on the stand Monday morning. Grace avoided prosecutor Corey Amundson's questions over and over, but eventually testified he exchanged official acts as mayor for benefits.
Amundson showed video of Grace talking with an undercover FBI operative... more »